Heathrow Airport will fund a community campaign supporting a third runway at the London gateway.
The decision followed a survey of local residents of which found more people living close to the airport supported a expansion. The airport hopes the move will lend a voice to those whose views differ from a “vocal minority” who are anti-Heathrow. The survey, conducted by Populus, is a representative sample of more than 6,000 residents from Hounslow, Richmond, Hillingdon, Windsor and Spelthorne. It found that: - 60% of residents feel positive towards Heathrow compared to just 6% who feel negatively - 66% say that the benefits of Heathrow outweigh the disadvantages for their community- 46% support expanding Heathrow, compared to 43% who oppose expansion - Heathrow is the 12th most important issue is determining which candidate to vote for at the next general election, with jobs and the economy the most important issue - The area with the most aircraft noise, Feltham and Heston, is the area which is most supportive of the airport expanding - 51% of people in Feltham and Heston support expanding Heathrow compared to 39% who are opposed Heathrow’s director of corporate affairs, Clare Harbord, said: “This research shows that most local residents back Heathrow. Anti-Heathrow campaigners claim that everyone living near Heathrow is opposed to the airport, but that simply isn’t true. “We believe that local jobs and businesses are worth fighting for. It’s time to give people who agree a voice in this debate. It’s time to back Heathrow.”Source: airportworld, Steven Thompson
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